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6 Easy Ways to Build Relationships with Your Students

6 Easy Ways to Build Relationships with Your Students

You’ve heard it before: the way to reach your students, help them achieve, solve classroom management issues, and create a healthy classroom environment is to build relationships with them. Building strong relationships with students can help them develop academically and socially, according to the American Psychological Association. But how do you forge real relationships without […]

Classroom Management Starts on the First Day of Class

Classroom Management Starts on the First Day of Class

First impressions are everything in the classroom. On the first day of class, students decide how they will interact with the teacher and behave in the class for the rest of the year. However, there is a fine line between being too strict and too lenient. A teacher should not become “friends” with his or […]

7 Things Teachers Can Do to Help Students Succeed

7 Things Teachers Can Do to Help Students Succeed

Student success should be a teacher’s number one priority. For some students, success will be getting a good grade. For others, it might mean increased involvement in class. You can help all of your students attain their full potential, regardless of the way they measure success. Following are eight strategies that you can employ to […]

Writing for fluency: activities for the classroom

Writing for fluency: activities for the classroom

Writing for fluency focuses on writing as a means of discovery – of finding one’s opinions. In order to better prepare our learners for writing, we need to include time dedicated to writing for pleasure and exploration. In this article, Jade Blue shares some practical classroom activities to try with your learners to develop written […]

THREE BENEFITS OF TESTING OUR STUDENTS

THREE BENEFITS OF TESTING OUR STUDENTS

Should we test our students? I hate tests. I never did well on them at school. In fact, I failed my UK university entrance exams in the 80s. Perhaps shaped by those experiences, I have always tried not to have ‘end of term’ exams for my English students, unless we are working towards external exams, […]

How to Teach English with Songs

How to Teach English with Songs

First of all, why use songs in the ESL classroom? When we consider that almost 100% of students enjoy listening to music and most of them also enjoy songs in English, we realize that songs in ESL classes can prove to be a very valuable resource. Thanks to the proliferation of digital media in the […]

5 Fun Task-Based Learning Activities for Teaching English to Intermediate and Advanced Students

5 Fun Task-Based Learning Activities for Teaching English to Intermediate and Advanced Students

Task-Based Learning (TBL) is one of the most popular TESOL methods and supports English language acquisition through relevant, applicable tasks in an interactive classroom environment. New English teachers generally struggle to implement Task-based Learning activities. The best way to experiment, learn more about, and eventually perfect the Task-Based Learning approach is to do it. Here are 5 fun task-based activities to help you get started!

3 Tech Tools for Teaching Vocabulary

3 Tech Tools for Teaching Vocabulary

There are so many online resources out there for vocabulary teaching that it can be overwhelming. So, to help, I’ve picked my top three to share with you today (with two honorable mentions). Along with these resources, I’d like to share some ideas for how these tools can be used in the classroom.

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